7th Mar, 2017
When you finally decide to scrap your car, you might be a little tentative about the process. We’ve all heard of those people who’ve been stung by less than reputable dealers. At Scrap Car Network, we’re determined to separate ourselves from those guys, so here are just a few of the ways we make sure we abide by industry regulations, making sure we deliver a flawless service to you every time.
Paperwork is an unexciting but sadly necessary part of scrapping your car. But the good news is that at Scrap Car Network, we do everything we can to help simplify this process and make it as easy and painless as possible for you. Once we scrap your car, we’ll issue you with a Certificate of Destruction. This is a vital legal document that basically absolves you from further responsibility for the car, officially handing it to us in the eyes of the law. Incidentally, it’s important to take note of the wording here: it’s not a Document of Destruction, or a Certificate of Collection. These made-up names and papers have zero legal standing, and are often use by unscrupulous dealers to trick people into handing over their cars. A legally-recognised CoD releases you from responsibility, and is a vital component you’ll need both when claiming back road tax from the DVLA and when claiming unused insurance from your insurers.
This leads us nicely on to the second necessary step if you want to claim any road tax and the like – which is to use a registered Authorised Treatment Facility. These are scrap metal facilities that have been assessed and monitored by the governmental Environmental Agency, and they’re the only places you’re legally allowed to scrap your car. Getting the official label of an ATF means that the scrap yard has proven beyond a doubt that they have the resources, facilities and equipment to reach sustainability and recycling targets.
We’ve got more good news on that score – every single one of our partners is an ATF, and it’s something we ourselves keep a very close eye on. That means that not only can you be sure that we’re operating well inside the boundaries of the law, but we can state with confidence that your scrap car is being disposed of in the most environmentally friendly way possible. Incidentally, since the Scrap Metal Dealers Act of 2013, it’s illegal to pay cash for scrap cars in England, Wales or Scotland. This again allows for more government oversight, helping them trace and crack down on any dodgy transactions. ‘Cash for your car’ sounds catchy, but actually we’ll pay you by BACS or bank transfer for your vehicle. Admittedly it loses a little something in the rhythm, but we think it’s worth it for the added security it gives you – not to mention the peace of mind!
As our customer, you are at the centre of everything we do. We’ve got nothing to hide from you, and we’re happy to field any questions you may have at any stage of the car scrapping process. We won’t barter with you, sidestep inconvenient questions or try to rush you into any decisions (all classic signs of unscrupulous dealers!). What’s more, when we agree a time with you to collect your car, we’ll turn up precisely when we say we will. We won’t try to throw you off guard by turning up hours early or ages late, and we won’t have any last-minute surprises for you on the doorstep.
At Scrap Car Network, we do exactly that – scrap your car with the minimum amount of fuss and hassle. Your opinion matters to us, which is just one reason why we try to be open and transparent with you at every stage of our process. What’s more, you’re not only helping the environment by choosing us, but also some fantastic social causes too. Not too bad, though we do say so ourselves! You can read more about how scrapping your car works, or if you’re up to speed you can visit our homepage to enter your car reg and postcode to get started with scrapping your car!
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